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Old 06-21-2017, 01:16 PM   #1
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Humphrey keeps going into his tunnel and launching himself onto his back and getting up and doing it again it's really strange as he doesn't usually do it could it be the heat affecting him??
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Old 06-21-2017, 01:22 PM   #2
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It's a bit difficult to picture what you're describing. Is he falling? Could you perhaps attach a video so we could see? What species is Humphrey?
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Old 06-21-2017, 01:23 PM   #3
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Is it like a back flip?
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Old 06-21-2017, 01:34 PM   #4
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not a back flip he just brushes himself round the tunnel and ends up on his back hes eating and drinking and running on his wheel it has been near 30 degree in my house today so ive tried keeping him as cool as possible maybe his tunnel is cooling him he isnt doing it constantly and ive checked him over no sign of illness he has been having eye drops recently that the vet supplied for an eye problem he was having which has almost gone
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Old 06-21-2017, 01:35 PM   #5
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and sorry hes a syrian hamster
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Old 06-21-2017, 02:11 PM   #6
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No need to worry over it, he's just scent marking
When a Syrian rubs their hips against something, they're marking it. Sometimes though I've noticed that they'll roll around in the bedding on their backs as well. I wouldn't be too concerned
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Old 06-21-2017, 02:13 PM   #7
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i just thought he was getting a bit hot its just hes been in there for a while but it is a big cage i suppose
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Old 06-21-2017, 02:15 PM   #8
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He may be getting hot, but I don't think the marking and the heat would be correlated. I've had hams who do this and my house stays around a steady 23. Try adding some ceramic mugs, tiles, or pots. Even a refrigerated sand bath would help
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Old 06-24-2017, 12:26 PM   #9
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managed to get some videos hes still doing it but not constantly

https://youtu.be/4JuFksXpdGk

https://youtu.be/9BTlO3l1abM

got 2 videos other than that hes acting normal bottom link shows better what hes doing
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Old 06-24-2017, 12:33 PM   #10
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He's definitely scent marking My hams do this all the time, no need to worry!
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